Manual for Teachers: Introductory Questions
The Manual for Teachers answers many questions the seeker will ask, both out of idle curiosity and a deeper quest for Truth. See below for a short answer to each of 27 questions. Read the lesson in its entirety in the Course and on this website for deeper knowledge.
1. Q: Who are God's Teachers?
A: Anyone who chooses to be one.
2. Q: Who are Their Pupils?
A: Certain pupils have been assigned to each of God's teachers, and they will begin to look for him as soon as he has answered the Call.
3. Q: What are the Levels of Teaching?
A: The teachers of God have no set teaching level. Each teaching-learning situation has the same goal, however. The goal is to make of the relationship a holy relationship, in which both teacher and student can look upon the Son of God as sinless.
4. Q: What are the Characteristics of God's Teachers?
A: Trust, Honesty, Tolerance, Gentleness, Joy, Defenselessness, Generosity, Patience, Faithfulness and Open-Mindedness.
5. Q: How is Healing Accomplished?
A: Healing involves an understanding of what the illusion of sickness is for. Healing is impossible without this.
6. Q: Is Healing Certain?
A: Healing is always certain.
7. Q: Should Healing Be Repeated?
A: No. If healing is certain, what, then, is there to be healed from?
8. Q: How Can Perception of Order of Difficulties Be Avoided?
A: Look not to the body's eyes for peace and understanding.
9. Q: Are Changes Required in the Life Situation of God's Teachers?
A: Changes are required in the minds of God's teachers.
10. Q: How is Judgment Relinquished?
A: It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. In giving up judgment, he is merely "giving up" what he did not have.
11. Q: How is Peace Possible in This World?
A: The world must be looked at differently. You can choose how you see it.
12. Q: How Many Teachers of God are Needed to Save the World?
A: The answer to this question is -- one. One wholly perfect teacher, whose learning is complete, suffices.
13. Q: What is the Real Meaning of Sacrifice?
A: Its meaning in this world is a lesson. In truth, sacrifice is meaningless.
14. Q: How Will the World End?
A: Can what has no beginning really end? The world will end in an illusion, as it began. Yet will its ending be an illusion of mercy.
15. Q: Is Each One to Be Judged in the End?
A: Indeed, yes! You will be judged, by yourself, as holy, eternal, free and whole, at peace forever in the Heart of God.
16. Q: How Should the Teacher of God Spend His Day?
A: The teacher of God will be told all that his role shall be, this day and every day.
17. Q: How Do God's Teachers Deal with Magic Thoughts?
A: This is a major lesson for the teacher of God to master. His first responsibility in this is not to attack. Teach what you would learn. Let the error be corrected.
18. Q: How is Correction Made?
A: Correction is made through reinterpretation of the error by the Eternal Guide of the teacher of God.
19. Q: What is Justice?
A: Justice is the divine correction for injustice and cancels false interpretations. It is the one interpretation that leads to truth.
20. Q: What is the Peace of God?
A: In every way it is totally unlike all previous experiences. The past slips away and in its place is everlasting quiet. Only that.
21. Q: What is the Role of Words in Healing?
A: Words play no part at all in healing. The motivating factor is prayer of the heart, not to the words you use in praying.
22: Q: How are Healing and Atonement Related?
A: They are identical.
23. Q: Does Jesus Have a Special Place in Healing?
A: Yes. In him you find God's Answer. In remembering Jesus, you are remembering God. They are not separate.
24. Q: Is Reincarnation So?
A: In the ultimate sense, reincarnation is impossible. There is no past or future, and the idea of birth into a body has no meaning either once or many times. Yet for our purposes, it would not be helpful to take any definite stand on reincarnation, but to focus on healing NOW.
25. Q: Are "Psychic" Powers Desirable?
A: Any ability that anyone develops has the potentiality for good.
26. Q: Can God Be Reached Directly?
A: God indeed can be reached directly, for there is no distance between Him and His Son.
27. Q: What is Death?
A: Death is the symbol of the fear of God. Thus it cannot coexist with God. If there is reality in life, death is denied.
These are but short answers used as a forerunner to deeper answers of truth. Be sure to read and study each question as it is presented in each lesson herein for a deeper, more comprehensive understanding. Enjoy and Enlighten, and emember GOD IS.